A Shirt for Helen

Burda 6849It always feels a bit of an honour when your children ask you to make them something, especially when they are a trendy 18 year old, it’s like the ultimate accolade that what you are creating must be at least OK!!

I’ve made a couple of shirts this year and in the autumn Helen asked me if I would make her one. I was delighted to accept the commission!!

Cotton topAs I still had a few shirt lengths in my stash, I checked with her if she fancied any of them. To my surprise she chose a fine embroidered cotton. I bought it last year in Goldhawk Road in London, it was about 60″ wide and cost about £2.50 per metre! It is a lovely fine cotton with quite a heavy paisley like embroidered design. I’ve made a summer top from it already but there was still loads left. I earmarked it for Helen…the weeks went by and Christmas was coming…I decided to make it as a surprise Christmas present.

Burda 6849

The shirts I’ve been making are fairly loose fitting, I decided to make Helen a slightly slimmer fitting shirt. I chose Burda 6849 as it has darts front and back. I’ve made a few Burda patterns up and luckily over the years I’ve made quite a few shirts as I’d forgotten just how minimalist Burda instructions are!!!

I cut it out to a size 8, I had to guess and keep my fingers crossed, I could hardly ask her when it was a surprise! I tried where possible to avoid having the embroidered areas over a narrow seam, cutting out the button band and the collar band near to the selvage where the embroidery was lighter.Burda 6849

I French-seamed all the main seams. The pattern has a straight yoke, a two piece collar and sleeve plackets. As I mentioned before, the instructions were pretty basic, I couldn’t follow their method for the sleeve placket at all, so I did my own thing! The collar turned out pretty neat and I was really pleased with finished shirt but I had to wait to Christmas day to see if it passed the test!

She likes it! I think she may have been better with a size 10, as it’s a little snug in places. Apologies for the photo but she refused to let me iron it first! I thought the sleeves were too short at first, but no, she’s turned the cuffs up! She feels it’s a bit long, but otherwise she likes it 🙂

Burda 6478




About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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4 Responses to A Shirt for Helen

  1. corrineappleby says:

    It’s gorgeous!


  2. amcclure2014 says:

    A lovely shirt – – it’s my Helen that asks for things too; I enjoy sewing for her. But I struggle hugely with Burda patterns! I’m making A Burda waistcoat for her fiance and oh boy!


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